Will The Programme Ripoff Ever End?
Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:16 PM
Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:18 PM
Why shouldn't we have to pay to get something? What grounds are there for turning it into a useless wad of crap like Playbill just so it can be free? (I've never seen a UK programme that has had advertising interleaved with the names of the cast. Playbill feels like a miniature version of the free local paper that gets shoved through my door every week.) Are you suggesting that New York has the One True Way and anyone who doesn't follow it is wrong?
I'd agree that both the ticket prices and programme prices are too high - respectively up by about 80% and 400% above inflation since I first went to the West End - and I think anyone responsible for selling as "programmes" souvenir brochures at brochure prices should be locked in a cage with hungry rats until there's nothing left but the bones, but I don't see "Broadway does it differently" as a particularly well thought out reason for changing. A programme has to be paid for somehow, and I'd rather pay for it myself than have the cost added on somewhere else or end up with a booklet of advertising that requires the expenditure of some considerable effort just to find a reference to the show.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 04:25 AM
Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:12 AM
Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:30 AM
I am always impressed by the fact that the Les Miserables souvenir brochure has been £5 for as long as I can remember without any reduction in quality. Well done Sir CamMac!
As for free programmes, nothing is free. If the cost isn't covered by advertising then ticket prices (ie the ticket buyer) must increase to pay for it.
Favourite Musicals: Blood Brothers; Brigadoon; Chicago; Chess; Chorus Line; Company; Evita; Follies; Godspell; Les Miserables; Little Night Music; Little Shop of Horrors; Mack and Mabel; Man of La Mancha; Merrily We Roll Along; Miss Saigon; Phantom of the Opera; Rent; Rocky Horror Show; South Pacific.
Favourite Plays: Beautiful Thing; Bent; Blithe Spirit; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Cherry Orchard; Dance of Death; Death of a Salesman; Endgame; Happy Days; Hedda Gabler; Henry IV (Parts I and II); Importance of Being Earnest; Little Foxes; Mother Courage; Private Lives; Shirley Valentine; Torch Song Trilogy; What the Butler Saw; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Wild Duck.
Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:14 PM
A particular favourite of mine is "Noises Off" which contains an additional fake programme for the play-within-the-play "Nothing On": http://dealj.files.w...illy_insert.jpg
Some theatres really milk it though, the souvenir brouchure for "Wizard of Oz" doesn't even contain the cast list, that's in a separate programme in some bizarre attempt to make someone think they'd need both. (...more fool me!)
Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:34 PM
Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:38 PM
Delfont Mackintosh theatres do good ones too... with info. about other shows int here, they get to plug a show and we get to read an interview, etc..
Posted 14 December 2012 - 04:51 PM
I've seen people comment that it will probably still be cheaper to see Book Of Mormon in London than New York even if you're paying for the flight...
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